A Cuba, Mo., man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after he pleaded guilty in two separate cases of statutory rape involving 14- and 15-year-old victims.
According to the Phelps County Prosecutor’s Office, Matthew R. Pearson, 23, pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree statutory rape, a class C felony, Oct. 10 in Phelps County Circuit Court.
In the first case, Pearson admitted to having sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old victim in Rolla between Jan. 4 and 5, 2013.
In the second, he admitted sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old victim in July 2012.
25th Circuit Judge William Hickle imposed sentences of five years in each case and ordered that the sentences be served consecutively.
During the sentencing hearing, Phelps County Senior Assistant Prosecutor John Garrabrant argued “the fact that there were at least two victims warrants the court imposing a 10-year sentence.”
Pearson will be required to complete an intensive sexual offender treatment program in prison before he is eligible for parole. After his release, Pearson will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
Phelps County Prosecuting Attorney John Beger said he is satisfied with the result in the cases, but noted that the prosecutors in his office are “always mindful of the toll that testifying and prolonged procedures take on these young and vulnerable victims.”